Updated: Jan 13
Buying a house is one of the most expensive investments you'll ever make. That's why it's important to ensure you're making a good decision. We've put a list together to let you know what to look out for when it comes to foundational issues when you're purchasing a home.
1. Foundation Cracks, Wall/Floor Cracks, and Other Types Of Fractures:
If you’ve noticed gaps in the foundation or on the brick exterior of the house, it could most definitely indicate that you have at least one of the many conditions that signal a foundation problem. Floor cracks, wall fissures, and a broken chimney can also mean trouble.
2. Foundation Settling Or Sinking
If the house or other structure appears to be sinking or having settlement issues, have it checked out. That’s because settling is another ordinary sign that you may have a foundation dilemma. Over time, you may notice that one side of your house is lower than the other, or you may observe that the center of your commercial building is sinking.
3. Foundation Upheaval
If your slab foundation has moved in an upward direction, it is experiencing foundation upheaval. This is one of the eight indications of foundation problems and may signal that your structure is experiencing the opposite of “foundation settling”.
4. Doors That Stick Or Don’t Open And Close Properly
If you’ve noticed that your doors are sticking, that’s frequently an indication there is some sort of problem with your foundation. When interior doors are affected, they tend to stick or drag at the top.
5. Gaps Around Window Frames Or Exterior Doors
Homeowners or those looking for a home often notice gaps around their exterior window frames, as well as spaces around their exterior doors. They may even become aware that their doors no longer latch. This is a sign of a problem that could be affecting the foundation.
6. Sagging Or Uneven Floors
If you’ve noticed that the floors are out of level or appear to be sagging, bowing or dipping, this could indicate trouble.
7. A Damp Crawl Space In A Pier And Beam House
Heavy moisture in the crawl space can be a sign that the foundation has problems or will soon be developing them.
8. Counters And Cabinets Separating From The Wall
Keep an eye out for what looks like the kitchen cabinets or countertops tilting and pulling away from the wall. At first, it may look like nothing to worry about, and then the next thing you know the gap is getting wider. At that point, you’ve got major issues.
If you've noticed any of these, or want a professional opinion, get in touch with us. We're here to ensure you make an informed decision.